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Whether a teacher, counselor, or administrator, every day you interact with scores, if not hundreds of students. Many of them – juniors and seniors especially – who are ambivalent about their future path beyond high school graduation.

College is often the first, and sometimes the only option presented, but the reality is, there are a multitude of post-secondary paths these soon to be graduates can follow that could lead them to careers and lives that are every bit as successful, financially and emotionally, as those who take the four-year or more college route.

You no doubt have many smart kids, with good attendance and attitudes, that just quite simply don’t want to go to college. These are the people who will likely excel in the apprenticeship training programs of the region's building trades.

High Demand Profession

There is an overwhelming need for skilled, professional tradespeople in the building trades in our area, with billions of dollars of projects underway and many billions more in the pipeline. These are careers that pay family-sustaining wages with comprehensive health care and retirement benefits. 

Best of all, our training programs are at no-cost, and apprentices are paid and earn benefits while in training, including college credits in several of the programs.

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age to enter the program, but high school seniors can apply at age 17
  • You need to have a valid Pennsylvania drivers’ license
  • You must have reliable personal transportation
  • You must be a high school graduate, or have a GED
  • You must pass a drug test for entry into the program, and throughout your career

But not everyone gets in; we are looking for driven, committed people who want to build a lifelong career that can lead them to a variety of other career paths.

If accepted into one of the programs, apprentices are trained in state-of-the-art facilities and first hand on-the-job. They will develop and refine skills that will turn them into a professional, skilled tradesperson and part of a team that builds our region's office buildings; entertainment venues; manufacturing and industrial plants; roads, highways, bridges; and more.

Application periods and class start dates vary by trade, so please encourage your students to visit the “Apprenticeships” page for information and contacts to all the Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers.